How To Switch To A Standing Desk


How To Switch To A Standing Desk

Standing desks – they seem to be quite the rage in various offices all around the world. Be assured though, these are no passing fad or trend.

Standing desks, sit-stand desks, or height adjustable desks: whatever you refer to them as, get used to them! They’re quickly rising in popularity, for all the right reasons.

Benefits of a standing desk

There are a myriad of benefits of a standing desk, including stronger posture, a higher calorie-burning rate, and improved blood flow.

Sedentary behaviour is often referred to as “sitting disease”, where prolonged periods of sitting increases the risk of health issues like diabetes and heart attacks, as well as tight hips, and back and shoulder pain.

If you’re considering making the switch to a standing desk, good for you! Here’s some valuable advice to ease into this new practice.

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What you need before you switch to a standing desk

The following equipment and accessories will help make your transition to a standing desk easier:

•    An anti-fatigue or gel mat: a good quality mat will be heavy, dense, and sturdy, and will offer your feet support and comfort.

•    Comfortable shoes: sorry ladies, we’re ruling out heels. Additionally, it may not be enough to rely on your regular work shoes. At the very least, begin your transition in sturdy and durable runners.

•    A supportive chair: a chair, you think, at a standing desk? Of course! You’re not expected to stand at your desk all day, so any time you feel you need to take a break from standing, make sure the chair you’re resorting to has proper lumbar support (lower spine portion of your torso), and is adjusted to your specific dimensions.

Above all, consult with your doctor or physician if you have any circulatory issues, bone deficiencies or suffer from acute back, leg or knee pain, before you begin a standing desk migration.

What to expect while making the switch

It’s normal to feel mild lower back and leg aches when you start the transition into standing. The reason for this is because your lower back and legs aren’t used to working this hard to support your body due to all that sitting you’ve done in the past!

So, make sure you pace yourself. Start with really small increments of standing, say, three half hour blocks per day for the first week, then gradually increase these allotments. It’s not a competition with yourself, so only do what you feel comfortable doing!

Did you know that from the moment you sit, your calorie-burning rate drops to just one per minute? That’s a third of what it would be if we were up and walking. Work those extra muscles and burn those extra calories during the day so you can really treat yourself in the evenings by putting your feet up and relaxing.

Height adjustable desks: what to keep in mind

Standing desks (also referred to as height adjustable desks) are a major step towards a healthier, more productive you. Remember these four elements while you’re standing:

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1. Focus on your overall posture: stand tall (shoulders back and relaxed), balance your weight, and keep your head at a neutral angle when you’re looking at your computer screen.


2. Position your desk so that your elbows are at a 90 degree angle when you’re typing: bunched shoulders can cause neck and upper back pain.

  • 3. Place your computer monitor an arm’s length away from your face: ensure you’re not squinting or straining to read what’s on the screen.
  • Adjust your brightness, too, if necessary!
  • 4. Finally: don’t forget that it’s still OK to sit. Don’t force yourself to stand all day – stand when you can, and when you want a break – rest!
  • Standing all day is just as bad as sitting all day!

If you want to take a positive step towards your health, view Ergomotion’s diverse range of electronic standing desks and get in touch with an ergonomics expert today.

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Guy Director
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering. Ergomotion Director since 2005.

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Andrew Pieterse 14/06/24

Great service and really quick shipping. It is great to know that you are getting quality parts from a Scandinavian manufacturer with your standing desk purchase rather than the cheap knock off stuff you get from other major brands. Reasonably priced for the quality too!

Janette Clarke 20/05/24

Guy was very accommodating with meeting him at a time that suited me. He assembled the desk prior to me collecting so I only had to carry it inside with help (it's pretty heavy). The desk is great, the storage racks underneath with the 6 x built in powerpoints was worth the extra money. I have a functioning & tidy workplace.
Guy was brilliant, I highly recommend.

Nickel 10/05/24

Have now purchased 2 stand up office desks off Guy, benchmark sales service from him, all via email, so easy; from quote to plug in, only matched by the strong quality of these machines, solid and stable. If only everything in life was this easy and reliable.

Jennifer Fadriquela 23/03/24

I purchased an EDesk this month from Ergomotion, and it was a remarkably smooth transaction. Guy was eager to answer all my questions before my purchase. As a first-time buyer of a standing desk, I truly appreciated how he addressed my queries with thorough details and provided options within my budget.

The delivery process was also smooth, despite a slight delay in the ETA. Guy ensured I received all necessary updates from the courier/removalist.

I've been using the desk for a couple of weeks now and I'm satisfied with it. It's sturdy on all height adjustments and the motor works as expected. I also like oak finish because it's clean-looking and suits my room setup.

Overall, I'm happy with my purchase and I'll definitely recommend Ergomotion to someone looking for their desk needs.

Josh Oliver 04/02/24

I've had an ergomotion desk for 10 years. It's still as good today as it was brand new. Over the years Guy has always responded promptly to any guidance I've needed (mostly help putting the desk back together after removalists take it apart).

Michael Cheung 18/01/24

Great service from Guy and the team at Ergomotion! Helped with all my queries and was able to source a standing desk part for me when many others weren't able! Highly recommend!

Shao Lei 30/11/23

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Rod Hathway 10/11/23

Awesome experience. Great value, super customer experience, ordered, assembled and picked up in 24 hours!

Dom K 06/11/23

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Chris Wu 06/11/23

I purchased the edesk from Guy at Ergomotion. Guy was a pleasure to deal with and the desk arrived the next day. Guy was highly knowledgeable on the desk and provided very prompt support on the installation. I can highly recommend Ergomotion.